Ministry Program

Program Vision:

The Ministry program at BTS is designed to give students an opportunity to explore, learn, and to grow as a ministry professional. These degrees are focused on learning that benefits the full-time church-based professional, or the highly motivated volunteer. The Ministry program is a full professional level graduate degree, at 31-33 courses (62-66 hours). Building off of BTS’s core program, the Masters of Biblical Studies, these are Master of Arts programs that provide a significant academic challenged, coupled with strong applied theology. Currently, BTS offers two different degree concentrations in our Ministry program: Pastoral Leadership and Christian Education. The Ministry degree is a Thesis degree. Students are required to finish their degree with a piece of significant original research. 

Degrees offered:

Master of Arts in Ministry (Concentration in Pastoral Leadership or Christian Education)

Sample Courses:

Pastoral Leadership:

  • Greek 1 and 2
  • Ministry of the Word (Homiletics) 1 and 2 
  • Church Revitalization (Embers to a Flame Conference)
  • Leadership Development and Deployment
  • Church Strategy and Administration


Christian Education:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Historical & Philosophical Foundations of Christian Education
  • Biblical Principles of Christian Education
  • Ministry to Children, Youth and Families
  • Curriculum Review and Development
  • Pedagogy in Christian Education

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